My already-tight finances have tightened even further. Desperation time! I've been thinking about ways to -- dare I use this ghastly verb? -- monetize
My brother has suggested joining the Amazon affiliate program, which Amazon insists on calling the "Associate" program. Aside from the fact that Jeff Bezos is Satan Incarnate, this idea has a certain charm.
Here's how it would work if I become Satan's boy: Readers and supporters would not pay me a dime. Instead, any reader who shops at Amazon (and don't pretend that you never have!
) would be asked to stop here first. If you click through to Amazon via my site and buy some knick-knacks from the Inferno, the minions of darkness will toss me a small kickback. Not much. In desperate times, even a few drachmas from the Devil would be welcome.
But there are issues. The big one is that Amazon associates are asked to push specific products
. My bro (a businessman) could not see the problem with this, so I tried to explain the situation to him:
A lefty political blog like mine caters to a very different clientele than you may be used to. Everything has to be done in Perfect Purity. The worst thing you can say about someone in this subculture is "Oh, he's just in it for THE MONEY." So if I became a pitchman for...well, anything...I'd lose whatever credibility I had left.
As I see it, there's only one approach that could work. If I can offer a link to Amazon's home page, and if I pitch this as a "Help Mr. Starving Artist (and his Starving Dog) put food on the table" kind of thing, I may get some response. My people don't dig salesmen, but they do tolerate a plea for charity.
But it still seems iffy. I visited another blog like mine just now. That blog seems to get more traffic than I do, judging from the number of comments. The blog's owner joined the Amazon affiliate program and made all of twelve bucks in two years.
As I said, my corner of the internet is different from what you may be used to. It's a subculture where everyone views capitalism as the epitome of bad taste.
Then I looked at the stats and made a cringe-inducing discovery. While the number of visitors to this humble blog is still pretty high, the page that continues to get the most views was my startling investigation into the possibility that Barbara Bush was sired by the infernal Aleister Crowley. As most of you know, that post was published on April 1, 2006. Here we are, nearly a decade later, and more people read that page -- and presumably took it seriously -- than read the yesterday's post about Syria.
You know, if I had created a right-wing blog -- and included lots of Kook Krap -- I'd be a millionaire by now, just like Alex Jones. And I'd have the best-fed dog in Maryland.
At any rate, I'd like some feedback on the Amazon thing. Would it injure my Purity Quotient too